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The Style Scores are a complementary set of indicators to use alongside the Zacks Rank. It allows the user to better focus on the stocks that are the best fit for his or her personal trading style.
Within each Score, stocks are graded into five groups: A, B, C, D and F. As you might remember from your school days, an A, is better than a B; a B is better than a C; a C is better than a D; and a D is better than an F.
As an investor, you want to buy stocks with the highest probability of success. That means you want to buy stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2, Strong Buy or Buy, which also has a Score of an A or a B in your personal trading style.
The ever popular one-page Snapshot reports are generated for virtually every single Zacks Ranked stock. It's packed with all of the company's key stats and salient decision making information. Including the Zacks Rank, Zacks Industry Rank, Style Scores, the Price, Consensus & Surprise chart, graphical estimate analysis and how a stocks stacks up to its peers.
The detailed multi-page Analyst report does an even deeper dive on the company's vital statistics. In addition to all of the proprietary analysis in the Snapshot, the report also visually displays the four components of the Zacks Rank (Agreement, Magnitude, Upside and Surprise); provides a comprehensive overview of the company business drivers, complete with earnings and sales charts; a recap of their last earnings report; and a bulleted list of reasons to buy or sell the stock. It also includes an industry comparison table to see how your stock compares to its expanded industry, and the S&P 500.
The Value Scorecard identifies the stocks most likely to outperform based on its valuation metrics. This list of both classic and unconventional valuation items helps separate which stocks are overvalued, rightly lowly valued, and temporarily undervalued which are poised to move higher.
The Momentum Scorecard focuses on price and earnings momentum and indicates when the timing is right to enter a stock. The analyzed items go beyond simple trend analysis. The tested combination of price performance, and earnings momentum (both actual and estimate revisions), creates a powerful timeliness indicator to help you identify stocks on the move so you know when to get in and when to get out.
The X Industry (aka Expanded Industry) is a subset of the M (Medium Sized) Industry, which is a subset of the larger Sector category, which is used to classify all of the stocks in the Zacks Universe. The Zacks database contains over 10,000 stocks. All of those stocks are classified into three groups: Sector, M Industry and X Industry. There are 17 Sectors, 60 different M Industries, and 265 X Industries.
For example, a regional bank would be classified in the Finance Sector. Within the Finance Sector, it would fall into the M Industry of Banks & Thrifts. And within the M Industry, it might further be delineated into the X Industry group called Banks Northeast. This allows the investor to be as broad or as specific as they want to be when selecting stocks.
The X Industry values displayed in this column are the median values for all of the stocks within their respective industry. When evaluating a stock, it can be useful to compare it to its industry as a point of reference. Moreover, when comparing stocks in different industries, it can become even more important to look at the relative measures, since different stocks in different industries have different values that are considered normal.
Like the earnings yield, which shows the anticipated yield (or return) on a stock based on the earnings and the price paid, the cash yield does the same, but with cash being the numerator instead of earnings. For example, a cash/price ratio, or cash yield, of .08 suggests an 8% return or 8 cents for every $1 of investment.
Enterprise Value / Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization is a valuation metric used to measure a company's value and is helpful in comparing one stock to another.
Conventional wisdom says that a PEG ratio of 1 or less is considered good (at par or undervalued to its growth rate). A value greater than 1, in general, is not as good (overvalued to its growth rate). For example, a company with a P/E ratio of 25 and a growth rate of 20% would have a PEG ratio of 1.25 (25 / 20 = 1.25). A company with a P/E ratio of 40 and a growth rate of 50% would have a PEG ratio of 0.80 (40 / 50 = 0.80). Traditionally, investors would look at the stock with the lower P/E and deem it a bargain. But when compared to its growth rate, it does't have the earnings growth to justify its P/E. In this example, the one with the P/E of 40 is the better bargain because it is selling at a discount to its growth rate. So the PEG ratio tells you what you're paying for each unit of earnings growth.
The Price to Book ratio or P/B is calculated as market capitalization divided by its book value. (Book value is defined as total assets minus liabilities, preferred stocks, and intangible assets.) In short, this is how much a company is worth. Investors use this metric to determine how a company's stock price stacks up to its intrinsic value.
A P/B of 1 means it's selling at its per share book value. A P/B of 2 means it's selling at 2 times its book value. A P/B of 0.5 means its selling at half its book value. Note; companies will typically sell for more than their book value in much the same way that a company will sell at a multiple of its earnings. The median P/B ratio for stocks in the S&P is just over 3. While a P/B of less than 3 would mean it's trading at a discount to the market, different industries have different median P/B values. So, as with other valuation metrics, it's a good idea to compare it to its relevant industry.
A stock with a P/E ratio of 20, for example, is said to be trading at 20 times its annual earnings. In general, a lower number or multiple is usually considered better that a higher one. Value investors will typically look for stocks with P/E ratios under 20, while growth investors and momentum investors are often willing to pay much more. Aside from using absolute numbers, however, you can also find value by comparing the P/E ratio to its relevant industry and its peers.
The Earnings Yield (also known as the E/P ratio) measures the anticipated yield (or return) an investment in a stock could give you based on the earnings and the price paid. It is essentially the inverse of the P/E ratio. It's calculated as earnings divided by price.
For example, a stock trading at $35 with earnings of $3 would have an earnings yield of 0.0857 or 8.57%. A yield of 8.57% also means 8.57 cents of earnings for $1 of investment. The most common way this ratio is used is to compare it to other stocks and to compare it to the 10 Year T-Bill. Conventional wisdom also has it that if the yield on the stock market (S&P 500 for example) is lower that the yield on the 10 Yr., then stocks would be considered overvalued. Conversely, if the yield on stocks is higher than the 10 Yr., then stocks would be considered undervalued. Since bonds and stocks compete for investors' dollars, a higher yield typically needs to be paid to the stock investor for the extra risk being assumed vs. the virtual risk-free investment offered in U.S.-backed Treasuries.
A higher number means the company has more debt to equity, whereas a lower number means it has less debt to equity. A D/E ratio of 1 means its debt is equivalent to its common equity. When comparing this ratio to different stocks in different industries, take note that some businesses are more capital intensive than others. A D/E ratio of 2 might be par for the course in one industry, while 0.50 would be considered normal for another. So it's a good idea to compare a stock's debt to equity ratio to its industry to see how it stacks up to its peers first.
Cash is vital to a company in order to finance operations, invest in the business, pay expenses, etc. Since cash can't be manipulated like earnings can, it's a preferred metric for analysts. Using this item along with the 'Current Cash Flow Growth Rate' (in the Growth category above), and the 'Price to Cash Flow ratio' (several items above in this same Value category), will give you a well-rounded indication of the amount of cash they are generating, the rate of their cash flow growth, and the stock price relative to its cash flow. 781b155fdc